Category: Varicocele

Variocele recurrence and causes in men
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What Causes Varicocele Recurrence in Men?

If you have a varicocele or if you’ve had one in the past, you probably won’t be happy to learn that they can reappear after treatment. But recurrence is one of the most common complications associated with varicocele repair.

Varicocele basics: a quick review

As a quick review, veins carry blood from the testicles back to the heart. These veins have valves that keep the blood from flowing backward. If any of these valves fail, some of the blood flows in reverse. This causes the veins to swell. These swollen veins are called varicoceles, and they occur for about 15% to 20% of all men. … MORE

Varicocele symptoms and treatment options for adolescents

Varicocele Symptoms and Treatment Options for Adolescents: What You Need to Know

Separating the boys from the men

I’ve written before in my blog about varicoceles, which are swollen veins next to the testicles. But I generally write about varicoceles from the perspective of grown men. Although the likelihood of developing a varicocele increases with age, a varicocele can develop any time after puberty, which means that they can occur in adolescents. So this blog is mainly for young men and their parents. … MORE

Doctor consulting patient about varicocele treatment options

Three Varicocele Treatment Options to Consider

If you’ve been diagnosed with varicoceles or you think you may have them, then you may be wondering how they’re treated. At this point, you probably already know that varicoceles are enlarged veins right next to your testicles. They’re fairly common — especially as you get older — and they can be uncomfortable. They can also cause your scrotum to look larger and lopsided, and they can heat up your testicles, which can reduce your fertility and your testosterone levels. These are all reasons why men may want to explore varicocele treatment options. By sealing off any malfunctioning veins, varicocele treatment can relieve discomfort, return blood flow to normal, and improve your fertility. … MORE

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Varicocelectomy: Understanding the Procedure and Costs

What’s a varicocelectomy?

If you’ve been diagnosed with a varicocele or if you suspect that you have one, then you’re probably wondering: what do I do now? Varicoceles (swollen veins in the scrotum) can be a concern, especially if they cause discomfort or if you’re struggling with infertility. Varicoceles can interfere with male fertility by warming your testicles, which reduces sperm quality and quantity.

In most cases, a varicocele can be treated by surgical procedure called a varicocelectomy. During the surgery, the swollen veins are cut and closed off. Other veins then take over carrying the blood supply. … MORE

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Varicocele Causes and Symptoms: What You Need to Know

Varicose veins of the scrotum

If you have a varicocele or you think you might have one, then you probably have a few questions. If you’re wondering what exactly a varicocele is, picture a varicose vein — one of those twisty, swollen-looking veins that you can see just under the skin. While varicose veins usually appear in the legs, varicocele (pronounced var-i-co-SEEL) is a similar condition that occurs in the scrotum. More specifically, varicoceles occur in the spermatic cord, which carries blood to and from your testicles. When the blood in these veins gets backed up, it causes the veins to widen, which can damage the testicle and cause other problems.  … MORE

Doctor and patient discussing diagnosis of varicocele
Low testserone levels and varicoceles

Can Varicoceles Affect Testosterone Production?

Low testosterone: more common than you think

It’s been estimated that almost 13 million men in the United States have abnormally low levels of testosterone, the main male sex hormone. Low testosterone can cause a whole range of side effects, including a low sex drive, weight gain, reduced energy levels, and trouble sleeping. No one wants any of those, right? Yet nine out of every ten men will not seek treatment, often because they’re in denial, they’re embarrassed, or they think these symptoms are an ordinary sign of aging.

It’s important to remember that a lot of men struggle with this condition, and that it’s treatable. … MORE

low sperm count

Causes & Symptoms of Low Sperm Count and When You Should See the Doctor

Low sperm count is a condition that affects many men; however, because it is not routinely tested, and typically lacks obvious signs, those affected may not be aware of their sperm’s health. Understandably, most men only begin to think about their sperm count when experiencing difficulty in achieving conception and are concerned about male infertility. And while many men with a low sperm count may still be able to father children, the chances of achieving a successful conception decrease if you have a low sperm count. Not only is conception a concern, but low sperm count can sometimes be a sign of a bigger problem associated with the male reproductive system.


Man covering groin with hands - sagging scrotum

The Sagging Scrotum Cure

Low hanging balls are usually caused by varicoceles. Although not life-threatening, a varicocele is a cause for concern for men and adolescents. The main reason is fertility – now or in the future – with around 17 to 21 percent of all male infertility cases due to varicocele. This makes varicocele the single most common cause of male infertility issues. In fact, about 15 to 20 percent of the male population suffers from varicocele, which can be completely asymptomatic. However, many patients may notice that their scrotum hangs low, or as they describe it, they have low hanging balls. … MORE

low hanging balls

Low Hanging Balls: Not Simply a Cosmetic Problem

“Why do I have old-man sagging balls?” is a question I am asked frequently, even by young men. A scrotum that hangs low can be a source of worry and embarrassment and even keep one from participating in sports or just enjoying a day at the beach. Many men regard low hanging balls as simply a cosmetic issue and seek help from a plastic surgeon.  In reality, the sagging scrotum is usually caused by a medical problem called a varicocele. … MORE